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Hijacked Libyan plane lands in Malta— media

December 23, 2016, 13:59 UTC+3

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has been informed about the situation

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MOSCOW, December 23. /TASS/. A hijacked Libyan passenger plane has landed in Malta. The hijackers are threatening to blow it up, Reuters reported. 

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Twitter he had been informed about “potential hijack situation of a Libya internal flight diverted to Malta."

"Security and emergency operations are standing by,” he said.

Malta International Airport has been closed to arrivals after landing of A320 with presumably more than 100 passengers on board, according to data from Flightradar24.com.

The incoming flights are being diverted to alternative airports. 

Several passengers have left the plane, according to media. The hijackers are armed with hand hand granades and demand to release prisoners from Libyan prisons. 

They have also demanded asylum in one of the countries of the European Union, Al Arabiya Channel reported.

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